More than 13,000sqm of Crown land has been sold by the State Government to the City of Karratha to develop service worker accommodation. The State Government announced on July 27 it had sold three underutilised, or ‘lazy’, Crown land parcels in Bulgarra to the city so it could develop about 44 medium-density residential dwellings targeted at medium-income earners. It is part of the city’s efforts to help meet the growing demand for affordable housing to accommodate service workers and the expanding resources sector. The State has sold the land at a 23 per cent discount, equating to about $470,000 off the market price. Lands Minister John Carey said the transaction came about through the city working proactively with the State Government. “By transferring this unallocated Crown land for service worker accommodation, we are helping to support the city to grow its housing supply and deliver greater housing choice and affordability, ensuring that Karratha is an attractive place to work and live,” he said. “This important land transfer will ensure significant, long-term economic and social benefits for the Karratha community.” Mayor Peter Long said access to and the cost of housing were real issues facing residents. “The city has been working on a number of projects with the intention of bringing more accommodation online, so this land transfer is a step towards addressing the housing shortage issues in the City of Karratha,” he said. “We will continue to work on developing housing options for our community and would like to thank the State Government and the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage for their continued support.” Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel said the announcement was a significant step forward towards housing affordability and attainability throughout the City of Karratha.